March 14, 2013
Ngāti Hine celebrate being Ngāti Hine
Ngāti Hine is gearing up to welcome up to 10,000 descendants for its festival today.
Chairperson Waihoroi Shortland says people who haven't been to Otiria Mārae near Moerewa since the last Te Ahuareka ō Ngāti Hine two years ago may be surprised at the extensive upgrade.
Friday's programme will feature kapa haka from schools, Kōhanga Reo, early childhood centres and youth groups, with an evening concert with Huaki Puanaki, rising Moerewa band Fat 32, Russell Harrison, Ruia Aperehama, Mr T, Young Sid and Pieter T.
On Saturday there is a mārae-based kapa haka competition.
“We're not the Te Matatini, although we’ll be singing and dancing. We’re not NZ’s Got Talent or anything but they will certainly be there in the Ngāti Hine form of it. There will be lots to see, do and talk about. It’s time for people to come home and get in touch with some of those things,” he says.
Waihoroi Shortland says people who have made the trip north may want to stay over on Sunday to welcome the Waitangi Tribunal to Te Tii Marae for the start of stage two hearings on Northland claims.